She is the Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya. She was presented with this award for dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from sinking fishing boat in the tumultuous seas of Bay of Bengal. “Captain Menon was nominated by the Government of India, for the rescue of all seven fishermen from the fishing boat Durgamma, which was adrift following engine failure and loss of anchor in severe weather", said the IMO statement.In 2011, Radhika Menon had made history by becoming the first woman to become captain of Indian Merchant Navy and she took charge of MT Suvarna Swarajya, a year later. The award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is an annual Award established by IMO. IMO is the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. The award inquires about providing international recognition for those who perform acts of exceptional bravery at the risk of losing their own life. The Awards ceremony took place at IMO Headquarters, on 21 November, 2016.
Indian female mariner, Ms. Radhika Menon was recently conferred with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) award. With this, she became the first woman worldwide to receive such recognition.